Sunday, February 15, 2015

6th Cirucit Upholds Damage Award To Critic of Judge For Expressing Religious Views

In Pucci v. Nineteenth District Court, (6th Cir., Feb. 13, 2015), the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the $734,000 damage award to court employee Julie Pucci who was fired after she complained to the Michigan State Court Administrative Office about Judge Mark W. Somers' expressing of religious views in the course of performing his judicial duties. It also affirmed the award of over $416,.000 in attorneys' fees. The court upheld the jury's findings that in complaining to SCAO, Pucci was speaking as a citizen on a matter of public concern. (See prior related posting.)